Cariloha is the only retailer in the Caribbean selling exclusively clothing, bedding and bath goods made from bamboo.
ST. JOHN, ANTIGUA – Cariloha is opening its newest retail store next week in the duty-free cruise port of Heritage Quay, St. John, Antigua. The new store is approximately 600 square feet and is the only retail store in Antigua that sells exclusively clothing, bedding, accessories and bath goods that are made from eco-friendly bamboo.
Store Manager, Quinn, will be overseeing both the Cariloha store and its sister brand store, Del Sol, which is also opening next door to the new Cariloha store. New store owner, Panchito Morales, who lives in Cozumel, Mexico, is also the owner of Del Sol Grand Turk, Del Sol Roatan, and Cariloha Roatan stores, including several Los Cinco Soles stores in Mexico.
Cariloha is located in one of the most ideal locations on the island for catering to cruise passengers, as it’s only a few feet off the pier. Antigua receives nearly 200 promoted cruise ship visits per year, and Cariloha and Del Sol have been trying to open here for more than three years. Previously, an obscure law didn’t allow clothing retailers on the ground level, but new investments in the port have allowed for some positive changes.
“Our stores will employ at least 10 local employees,” said Landon John. “We feel that we’re a better employer than most – we teach the value of customer service and positive energy. It’s one of the things that make us unique – the staff actually learns something from their experience that they can take with them somewhere else.”
All Cariloha guests receive a free bamboo lei (necklace) just for stopping by the store, which helps proliferate the bamboo, eco-friendly attitude even more. Cariloha staffers encourage visitors to touch and feel the bamboo-soft difference of their shirts, bed sheets, towels, and hand bags for themselves.
Bamboo apparel, bedding and bath goods feature several qualities that make it a superior fabric. It’s twice as soft to touch as cotton and keeps you a few degrees cooler. It’s naturally antibacterial, hypoallergenic and helps prevent skin odor and skin irritation.
“When you think of bamboo, large green shoots in the jungle somewhere likely come to mind,” said Jeff Pedersen, Cariloha President and CEO. “Not many people know that bamboo can actually be husked and separated into ultra-soft fabric for making apparel and other goods at little-to-no risk on the environment. In fact, some species of bamboo can grow up to 4 feet per day. It’s one of the most renewable resources on the planet.”
Established in 2007, Cariloha is the only retailer in the world to provide an entire store experience that’s completely outfit with merchandise made of bamboo. The product line features an exclusive collection of apparel, accessories, home décor, bedding and bath goods and more all made from bamboo. Cariloha’s soft, breezy bamboo goods were first seen out of three, full stores in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Cozumel, Mexico; and St. Thomas, USVI. Since the first three stores in 2008, Cariloha has already opened 24 stores in 11 countries and growing. Cariloha has quickly become one of the fastest-growing merchants promoted on board Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Today, thanks to an ever-growing, rich supply of bamboo, Cariloha continues to offer an exclusive collection of apparel, accessories, home décor, bed and bath sets and more all enjoying the strength, soft touch, and green ‘footprint’ of this renewable resource.
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